First-Year Seminar: The WVU Framework and Customizing it for Your Students

When and Where

May 10 2017 01:00-02:00PM | Monongahela Room

Session Information

This session explores WVU ’s overall commitment to improve the experience for first-year students as well as how the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences (CPASS) developed their college specific First-Year Seminar. As part of a campus-wide collaboration, the First-Year Seminar has been completely redesigned. We are excited to share WVU’s overall First-Year framework, what it means for the experience of students, and the impact that these First-Year courses have on student success. Then the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences will discuss how they developed their interactive, college specific First-Year Seminar to become more student-centered and the topics have evolved based on their students’ feedback. First-Year information and resources that you can use in your courses will be shared, as well as practical tips from CPASS for other units who are considering a college specific first-year course.


Sue Day-Perroots, Rhonda Black, Tobin Richardson

Sue Day-Perroots

Dr. Sue Day-Perroots is Associate Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, and is responsible for providing leadership to the University’s undergraduate academic programs and modes of instruction; leading the institution’s student learning outcomes assessment; leading the development and implementation of student retention efforts; overseeing the Board of Governor’s program reviews; and supervising the Center for Service and Learning and military science and aerospace studies.

As Dean of University College, Dr. Day-Perroots leads the college and supports its mission of providing a foundation for student success. She will also oversee the annual Higher Education Policy Commission compact and be the lead contact person for the Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement Initiative.

Dr. Day-Perroots was previously Associate Vice President for Academic Innovation, where she led the tremendous expansion of the university’s online programming (including massive open online courses) and K-12 educational outreach within the state.


Rhonda Black

Rhonda Black is the Director of the First-Year Seminar. In her 25 years at West Virginia University, she has served in various capacities with a focus on student development and retention. In her role as the Director of the First-Year Seminar, she works primarly with students withing the Center for Learning, Advising and Student Success (CLASS); however, she also serves as a point person and resource for First-Year Seminar instructors across the campus. She is responsible for leading the design, implementation and assessment of the course.

Tobin Richardson

Dr. Tobin Richardson is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences (CPASS). Tobin teaches first-year seminar and special topics courses to first-year students in CPASS and is particularly interested in student development in the first-year of college.